This is a premium 11-day conservation expedition that will make a difference to you, and to the areas you visit. You have the same Tour Leader/Naturalist from start to finish, and a portion of the cost is donated to the important work of the World Wildlife Fund - India.
This tour employs local people, uses locally owned and operated lodges and outfitters, and use local goods and services to make your stay both extremely comfortable and truly sustainable. Maximum group size is 8.
What to Expect?
Expect a premium conservation experience. One that will earn your bucket list checkmark. All services are at a high level and extremely comfortable. Included are most meals, all domestic flights, premium level accommodation, English speaking guides, all gratuities, and a donation to the WWF India.
Day 1: Sunday. Arrive Delhi
On arrival at the Indira Gandhi International airport, you will proceed for Immigration clearance after disembarking. After collecting your luggage from the baggage carousel, walk to the Arrivals Lounge where you will be greeted by your Tour Leader and Naturalist for transfer to the hotel.
Delhi, Capital City of independent India rewards the determined sightseer with more than a thousand monuments and two old capital building complexes - including the present seat of Government, designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Cosmopolitan hotels, shopping, and fine restaurants abound. Delhi also offers a glimpse into the real India: the labyrinthine street bazaars of Old Delhi, and the temples and monuments of India’s chequered colonial past. In the deepest sense, from Old Delhi’s Red fort and Jama Masjid mosque to New Delhi’s chic art galleries and nightclubs, Delhi is a profoundly Indian city. Turbaned shepherds still lead goats and sheep through ravines in Delhi’s remaining open fields and near the airport. On Delhi’s golf courses Mughal monuments share fairways with peacocks. Rajasthani women in bright colored saris and men in dhoti (skirt like wrap) work with outdated tools in construction sites while executives work out on computerized equipment in health clubs. By day, you will see temples packed with the devout, and by night, hotel discos are packed with the affluent. Delhi is a city on the move and the gateway to India. (Check in is no earlier than 2 pm). Overnight at Hotel Claridges (D)
Day 2: Monday. Delhi to Corbett National Park via Kathgodam
Today you immediately depart for Tiger country! You transfer very early this morning to Anand Vihar Delhi Station to board the Shatbdi Express day train to Kathgodam. (Shatabdi Express 0615 hrs / 1150 hours).
You travel in an air-conditioned "Executive" chair car - this is only available on the Shatabdi express trains. Travelling in "Executive" chair is similar to taking business class. You have a wider seat, more legroom, complimentary mineral water and an attached western style washroom, and coach attendants are at hand to ensure a smooth service. We will bring a delicious boxed lunch from the hotel for the ride. You are met on arrival and transfer to our Lodge (80 Kms, 2-3 hours) en route visiting the Jim Corbett Museum. We arrive at our Lodge on the edge of the National Park in the mid/late afternoon. Overnight at Corbett Hideaway Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 3: Tuesday. Corbett National Park – all day
Depart early this morning in open top jeeps for a full day game drive into the Bijrani zone. You carry a packed breakfast and lunch to enjoy once in the Park, and will travel deep into the Park. On your return to the lodge late this afternoon, join your naturalists by the campfire for drinks and snacks. After dinner settle into your comfortable beds in the Cottages. Overnight at Corbett Hideaway Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 4: Wednesday. Corbett National Park – two-day experience
After an early breakfast at the lodge, depart for the Forest Rest House at Dhikala. Enter through the Dhangari gate - a short distance from the lodge. Our route today will be via Gharial pool, and then Champion pool on Champion road and High Bank – each one of them great observation points on the Ramganga River. Here we hope to spot Gharial and Otters and much more!
We plan to arrive at the Dhikala Forest Rest House by lunch. After a hot lunch at the rest house we will board Elephants for an elephant-back safari in search of wildlife in the Dhikala “chaur” – grasslands, to observe the varied bird and mammal species found in the area.
Back for an evening dinner and overnight stay at the Forest Rest House in Dhikala, located deep inside the Park on the shores of a reservoir, the wildlife viewing inside the Park here can be quite spectacular. Overnight at Dhikala Forest Resthouse (B,L,D)
Day 5: Thursday. Corbett National Park
We have a full day to explore the area around Dhikala with a morning game drive and another game drive after lunch. Enjoy a hot lunch again at Dhikala Forest Rest House before we begin the journey out of the Park and return to Camp. Along the way we will still be searching for wildlife, listening for the alarm calls from Spotted deer or Muntjac in case a leopard or tiger is on the prowl! Overnight at Corbett Hideaway Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 6: Friday. Corbett National Park back to Delhi
A relaxed breakfast and morning at leisure. With your box lunches, return to Kathgodam Station to board the day train back to Delhi (Shatabdi express, 1545 - 2115 hours by Executive Chair Car). You are met on arrival and transfer to your hotel for the night, close to the airport. Overnight at Red Fox Inn (B,L,D)
Day 7: Saturday. Delhi to Bandhavgarh National Park
Transfer early this morning to board your flight to Jabalpur. You are met on arrival and drive to the lodge in Bandhavgarh the very comfortable Kings Lodge adjacent to the park boundary (180 Kms, 3-4 hours). Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the lodge, and at around 3pm depart on an afternoon game drive and return around sunset.
Overnight at Kings Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 8: Sunday. Bandhavgarh National Park
Early this morning assemble for tea / coffee and then set off for a game drive. Mornings can be cold inside the forest but will warm up as the sun rises. Blankets will be provided by the lodge to keep you warm. We return to Kings Lodge for lunch and this afternoon enjoy another game drive and return around sunset. Overnight at Kings Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 9: Monday. Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning assemble for tea / coffee and then set off for a game drive, return to the Lodge for a cooked breakfast around 10:30am to 11:00am. Siesta around lunchtime and then another afternoon game drive and return around sunset. Overnight at Kings Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 10: Tuesday. Bandhavgarh National Park
Early morning assemble for tea / coffee and then set off for a game drive, return to the Lodge for a cooked breakfast around 10:30am to 11:00am. Enjoy a short siesta around lunchtime.
This afternoon you have an opportunity to explore a local village and purachse some last minute gifts, as today is our last full day. This evening we will enjoy our Farewell Dinner back at Kings Lodge. Overnight at Kings Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 11: Wednesday. Bandhavgarh National Park to Delhi and flights home
Early this morning drive to Khajuraho airport (250 kms, 4 to 5 hours) to board the flight to Delhi(9W 724, 1325-1620 hours). You will enjoy a hot cooked breakfast en route at the Maihar Palace. The Palace is exactly half-way between Bandhavgarh and Khajuraho, and a delightful way to say goodbye to this region of India.
On the flight back to Delhi you can enjoy lunch, and on arrival at the Delhi airport you can use the facilities at the Arrivals lounge (washroom-restaurants-pharmacy-shops) and then walk a level above in the same terminal building, to the International departures section to board your onwards flight.
NOTE: (Check In is three hours prior to flight departure for economy class and two hours for business class. Please do not plan any onward flights prior to 9pm). Or alternatively plan on a post-trip extension - such as the extension to Agra and the Taj Mahal.
- Program ID: # 2479
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Various National Reserves DelhiIndia28° 1' 59.5128" N, 77° 44' 21.3288" EIN
- Fitness level: Light Impact
- Closest Airport: Delhi (DEL)
- Costs From: Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife ProgramsLearn Abroad
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